“Dolls come in every hue! Bring the doll that looks like you!” Doesn’t that sound like a fun way to give back this Christmas season? Bring Out the Dolls Atlanta, a doll and toy drive that benefits the South Fulton communities is going to look a little different this year. According to Georgia District 2 Councilwoman Carmalitha Gumbs who has hosted the event for the last three years with AIME LLC founder Tracy Rolle and the city of South Fulton, the challenge will be to keep the upscale holiday gathering vibe in spite of pandemic restrictions. In past years, the event was held at St. James Live and featured a band along with a D.J., lots of food and treats and a crowd of adults in fancy attire or dressed as dolls, partying with a purpose. Following the initial concept in Florida, Bring Out the Dolls Atlanta has become South Fulton’s signature holiday event. Last year, they took the opportunity to honor the girl, Vanessa, that started it all. She was expelled from school for wearing her natural hair in an Afro. It was imperative to expand the concept of beauty to include everyone and that means starting young. Vanessa is now a college student at Spelman.
So how will this event look in the time of Coronavirus? Gumbs has a few ideas ranging from a drive through drop-off or maybe a rooftop party. It may transform from an adult-only affair to a more family friendly event where the kids could come along and choose a doll or toy. “This is really important at a time when so many have lost jobs and income,” said Gumbs. They usually collect the items for a specific charity that rotates each year but it may focus more on families this year. She’s not sure with the remix will look like at the time of this printing but keep watch for details, South Fulton. Bring Out the Dolls Atlanta Remix is bound to remain just as fabulous!
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